Videos: Making a Machete from a lawnmower blade

I am taking a few minutes of a break from my Gerber Propel review and thought I would troll for content. I came across the above video from HomesteadNotes.com. It is pretty much exactly what the title says. I like that it is done with nothing more than common shop tools. I wish the video actually showed the making of the blade itself. I have a couple of old blades lying around, and might have to give it a try some time.

I have embedded another video below the jump of a much more professional knifemaker (Kyle Ver Steeg) making a much higher-end result, complete with hamon line differential hardening. This video includes both time-lapse video of the forging as well as some footage of Filipino bladesmiths forging machetes from a recent trip he made. I will probably be sharing some more of his videos in the future. I am liking what I see of his stuff.*

I am going to get back to work on my Gerber review. Have a great day folks.

comments

  1. Spencer says:

    Much of this stuff is lying around and can be had for free. Spend a little time shape-grinding it (dip it in water frequently to prevent overheating), then fitting a handle made from scrap wood, and you probably will end up with a tool far better than anything for sale at Walmart or Home Depot.

  2. Sam L. says:

    If I were polishing that blade, it would be flat on the table with the edge away from me. (Having sliced myself before.)

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